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against the taliban. the bomb may have been targeted at the elite, but the brunt was borne by afghans. others die from nato airstrikes. six villagers died in this raid, to flush out insurgents. among the victims, women and children. it has led to a wave of anger. protests have taken place, pressing for the withdrawal of western forces. some are wondering, at what cost? starting next week, thousands of troops begin a withdrawal from afghanistan. questions have been raised about if they can take on the role. bbc news. >> austerity is a word many europeans have had to adopt, although this sparked massive protests. italy's senate passed their own cost-cutting package after investors began worrying the eurozone's third largest economy would be sucked in. this goes to parlaiment on friday. >> italian senators know their country may be drawn into a crisis effecting the eurozone. so they debated the plan to reduce the debt the country has accumulated. italy owes 1.6 trillion euros, the most indebted country in europe, with more outstanding bonds than greece, ireland, and portugal together. in
is far from over. >> in other news around the world taliban militants carried out a major attack in southern afghanistan using suicide bombers, rocket propelled grenades and machine guns. the sustained assault targeted the offices of the deputy govern and a private security firm. the trial of desupposed president will start next week in cairo. he faces charges of corruption and ordering the killers of protectors. doctors said he was weak and refusing solid food. the maid who accused the head of the former i.m.f. of trying to rape her claim they have been left traumatized by the accusation. her lawyer says they may launch a civil suit. in china the government is facing a public backlash over the way it handled a high speed train crash that killed 39 people. authorities say the trash was caused by design flaws but allegations of corruption and lack of transparency are fueling public anger. the premiere has visited the crash site. >> this is the soft paternal face of the communist party. in times of a crisis like this one the premiere is called upon to soothe the nation's nerves. he
,462 civilian deaths in the first half of this year alone. most of those have been blamed on the taliban and road-side bombs but more people have been killed in nato air strikes. venezuelaan president hugo chavez acknowledged he will need more treatment for cancer. he said the threat of cells spreading remained latent. he may have to undergo chemotherapy. the legal team of the chinese artist has been told his company did not pay taxes for decades during a closed hearing in beijing. lawyers were trying challenge a $1.85 million american dollar tax bill. before the hearing, his wife said the proceedings were already biased. now italy's chance to restore some confidence in the markets has come in the course of today. in fact in the next few hours, the a vote on the tough austerity budget to pin back spending. the lower house will have a vote on friday. they will not be voting the proposal. the cuts are around 40 billion euros. some $57 billion dollars. >> this is the start of an important two days of the italian economy. today's senate vote on the austerity package for $40 billion euros. th
. they are alleged to have links to al qaeda and the taliban in neighboring afghanistan. security forces claim success. but alongside these operations have been many arrests of people on the flimsiest of grounds. so the people of this traditional muslim country could be pushed into the arms of radical groups by the government's own heavy-handed tactics, and the continued poverty and corruption that blights their lives. bbc news. >> it was billed as an awesome deal. two of the online world biggest names announced they were teaming up a. facebook is announcing a chat service that will be provided by skype, which is being bought by microsoft. for more, i am joined from san francisco by the editor at large of cnet. remember you are speaking to a technical neophyte. what does this mean you will be able to do that you could not before? >> if you are looking at a list of your friends on facebook, which is the court to what facebook is all about, there is a simple click to have a video chat with them, a video call, using the skype software you use to have to leave facebook to use. now you can do a cha
taliban insurgents claimed another high- profile assassination. a close aide to afghan president hamid karzai was killed sunday in a gunbattle at his home in kabul. it followed the murder of karzai's half-brother last week. for more on afghanistan we turn to pam constable, who covers south asia for the "washington post." pam, thanks for being with us. the series of high profile assassinations have picca off important targets as well. one of the former governors of a province. why is it significant? >> well, particularly in light of the fact that it came so quickly after the assassination of the half brother of president karzai who was killed in kandahar just days before this, the killing of this former governor in another southern province along with another guy who was also close to the president, this is cumulatively speaking, it's a big blow for the karzai administration. you know, it'sçç confidant, relatives, high-level aides going back into april some of them are being killed. but more than who is doing it or who it's happening to, i would put it altogether by saying it's a re
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